Collective Bargaining Updates

People are the essential resource of our institution; they define our university and are our greatest strength.

 

Through collective bargaining, the University of Lethbridge recognizes the importance of, and considers, the interests of all stakeholders within the University community. The U of L recognizes a commitment to negotiate with its union partners in good faith, with professionalism, with respect and in the spirit of collegiality and transparency and supports financially sustainable outcomes that recognize a need for responsiveness within a dynamic provincial fiscal environment.


Recent updates

September 20, 2021
Statement from University of Lethbridge
The University is aware of the complaint filed by the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA) regarding the negotiation of an Essential Service Agreement, and we hope to continue to work with ULFA to reach a fair and equitable solution to this matter.
 

September 9, 2021 
Board update on negotiations with the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA)
Due to some unforeseen departures from the University of Lethbridge, the Board’s bargaining team has seen some significant changes over the summer.


May 27, 2021
The Logistics of Labour Disputes
Some members of the University Community are talking about the possibility of a labour dispute this summer, which will be a concern for many.  In order to ease these concerns, the Academic Staff Collective Agreement (ASCA) Board Negotiating Team is sharing some information about the mandatory process required under the Alberta Labour Relations Code.


May 20, 2021
Bargaining Update
On May 20, 2021, the Board Negotiating Team and ULFA Negotiating Team met to exchange proposals on Articles 4 (Applications and Exclusions), 5 (Recognition), 6 (Communication and Information), 11 (Rights and responsibilities), 32(Gradual Retirement and Reduced Load) and Schedule J (Conflict of Interest).  The Board Negotiating Team also presented their Proposal 9 which addressed Career Progress and Merit, touching on Articles 15, 21, 31 and Schedule A. 


April 22, 2021
Board Negotiating Team Update
The Board Negotiating Team met with the ULFA Negotiating Team on April 22, 2021, a meeting originally scheduled for five hours, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Board Negotiating Team opened the meeting by welcoming Dr. Locke Spencer as the new ULFA Negotiating Team Chief Spokesperson.


April 8, 2021
Board Negotiating Team Update
The Board Negotiating Team met with the ULFA Negotiating Team on April 8, 2021. The ULFA Team presented their proposed reorganization which would create a new Article XX (which would be given a number once negotiations are complete). 


March 22, 2021
Board Negotiating Team Update
The Board Negotiating Team met with the ULFA Negotiating Team on March 22, 2021, and some good progress was made with an agreement to delete outdated Schedules C (Grandfathering Clause for Probationary Appointments) and K (Student Evaluations of Teaching MOU) from the current Collective Agreement.


March 8, 2021 
Board Negotiating Team Update
The Board Negotiating Team met with the ULFA Negotiating Team on March 8, 2021 to open some new items for discussion, and to follow up on proposals that had been interchanged during previous meetings.


February 22, 2021 
Board Negotiating Team Update
The Board Negotiating Team met with the ULFA Negotiating Team on February 22, 2021, to respond to each other with respect to areas discussed at our meeting of February 8th and to begin review of some additional proposals, explaining the rationale for the changes that were proposed by the respective Parties.


February 9, 2021
Board Negotiating Team Update 
The Board Negotiating Team met with the ULFA Negotiating Team on February 8, 2021 to review a number of Article revisions that were identified by the Parties in their exchange of proposals on January 18, 2021. 


February 2, 2021
Academic Staff Collective Agreement Negotiations (ULFA) Clarification
On Tuesday, January 26, 2021 ULFA’s negotiating team posted a blog that described key components of the Board negotiating team’s proposals, speculating on the meaning of specific content therein.  ULFA’s January 26th blog raises general and specific concerns that are addressed here.


January 29, 2021
Board Negotiating Team Update Meeting with ULFA (Jan. 28, 2021)
The Board Negotiating Team met with the ULFA Negotiating Team on January 28, 2021, resulting in a useful and productive meeting, where good progress was made.


January 27, 2021
University Board Negotiation Team shares opening proposals with ULFA
On January 18, 2021, the University of Lethbridge Board Negotiating Team (Board Team) for the Academic Staff Collective Agreement (ASCA) met with the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA) ASCA Negotiating Team (ULFA Team). At that meeting both parties shared opening proposals.